We want to thank LA Curbed for so generously crediting the Underground Bunker with our scoop last year about Mary Sue Hubbard’s Los Feliz house. After a year’s delay, it’s on the market for the price we said it would be listed at, a cool 2.5 million clams!
You may remember the strange tale we told last summer: Mary Sue Hubbard, the third and final wife of Scientology’s founder, was rewarded for her loyalty with a lovely home near Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Mary Sue had taken the fall after the 1977 FBI raid on Scientology and the ensuing prosecutions that brought prison sentences for 11 top Guardian Office executives.
L. Ron Hubbard himself was only named an unindicted co-conspirator as his wife took the blame and went to prison in 1983. (He had gone into hiding in 1980 and died in seclusion in 1986.) She served a year of her four-year sentence, and after she got back out, lived out her years in the nice home at 2345 Chislehurst Drive.
Mary Sue died of breast cancer in 2002, but in her will she required that her children, who by now owned the house, not sell it as long as her beloved Shih Tzu dog, Tzu (pronounced TEE-zoo), still lived there. The dog outlived Mary Sue by 11 years, finally perishing last year.
We were told that Mary Sue’s remaining children — Diana, Suzette, and Arthur — were anxious to sell the house and split the proceeds, and the Scientology operative who took care of the place for them, Neville Potter, made preparations to put the house on the market. (Of the three children of L. Ron and Mary Sue, only Diana remains an active member of Scientology and still lives at the organization’s International Base east of Los Angeles.)
After our story came out, we heard that Scientology leader David Miscavige was livid about it, so plans were made to hang onto the house a little longer.
Now, LA Curbed reports, the house has been listed, and for the amount we predicted: $2.5 million. And finally, we get a look inside! Here are some of the photos that accompanied the listing…
Hey, Tzu had it good!
In Spain, Scientology’s pain is mainly in the plain
One of our loyal readers was on vacation in Barcelona and decided to check in on the local Scientology org. We love that kind of initiative!
First, here’s what Scientology says its Barcelona org looks like, which is located at Carrer del Dos de Maig, 310… [See update, below]
When our correspondent went to that address, however, here’s what was found…
“When we arrived one young Spanish woman was sitting outside smoking. She disappeared inside and went out the back which was when I crossed over and took photos; there wasn’t a single soul in the shop and nobody manning the little reception booth.”
Hey, sounds like every other sad org and mission still hanging on!
UPDATE: As sad as that Dianetics center is, it appears that our tipster was unaware that a new, second location has been added recently in Barcelona which does match the description of the photo above…
It’s apparently located at Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 780 — can someone go by for us soon and see if it’s as dead as the other location?
Posted by Tony Ortega on August 16, 2014 at 07:00
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